By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Describe what HPV is and how it is transmitted.
2. Identify the most serious effects of HPV on women and men.
3. Explain how to prevent HPV.
The incidence of HPV infectivity is huge. In fact, the American Social Health Association (ASHA) estimates that about 20 million people — women and men — are thought to have HPV infections at any given time with about six million new genital HPV cases occurring each year. In about one million of these cases, HPV appears as genital warts. Further, three out of four Americans between the ages of 15 and 49 have been infected with genital HPV in their lifetime.
This lesson is designed to increase participants’ basic knowledge of HPV, so that they understand how it is transmitted, the effects it can have, and how to prevent it.